Thursday, November 1, 2012

Malaysia: the 10th friendliest country in the world

FORBES LIST: Malaysia draws expatriates for jobs and quality of life

MALAYSIA is ranked 10th in Forbes’ World’s Friendliest Countries’ list this year, another global endorsement of the country’s achievement after the World Bank ranked it as the 12th most business- friendly country this year.

This puts Malaysia ahead of Mexico in 11th position, Germany (12th), Bahrain (13th), China (14th) and Singapore (15th). It is the only Asean country in the top 10.

The list, which was released on Wednesday, was based on the results of the HSBC Expat Explorer Survey 2012. To determine the friendliest country (http://travel.yahoo.com/ideas/theworld- s-friendliest-countries.html), Forbes had isolated results in four categories.

These categories were the ability to befriend locals, success in learning the local language, capacity for integrating into the community and ease in fitting into the new culture.

The online survey, which ran from May to July, questioned 5,339 expatriates from 97 countries.
Respondents rated Malaysia as a top destination for expatriates, with 72 percent reporting a better quality of life here and 39 per cent stating that they enjoyed a more exciting social life in Malaysia compared with their home country.     More than two thirds of expatriates (69 per cent)  said they had better standards of accommodation here, which was almost double the global average (39 per cent).
  A third of the respondents said they had the ability to own a private swimming pool when they could not before.   Improved financial status of households was another plus point for the expatriates, with 42 per cent being able to afford more domestic help.

  Ninety-two per cent of expatriates complimented Malaysia  for the ease of local travel and many also reported having the opportunity for more luxurious holidays here.

  These respondents associated Malaysia with pleasant climate and scenery as well as being culturally interesting.   The excellent experiences encountered by expatriates here earned Malaysia fifth position in the survey with regard to overall experience, fourth  in overall setting up here, 11th in overall integration and seventh in overall quality of life.

  Malaysia was  rated as one of the top choices for career-driven expatriates, with 61 per cent of respondents having moved here for job opportunities, primarily in banking, insurance and financial services.

*Taken from NST Online

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